SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Coastal North Carolinians travel to Capitol Hill


Asheville, NC. (October 19) – Throughout this week, business owners, decision makers, and academics of coastal North Carolina will travel to the nation’s apitol to carry a message of action on climate change to Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr. We rely on over 300 miles of North Carolina’s coastline as a primary economic engine of tourism and recreation. Yet these unique natural and historic resources are particularly vulnerable to the threats of climate change – from rising seas to stronger storms. A 2007 report estimates that lost recreation value of our southern North Carolina beaches to sea level rise will total $93 million in 2030 and $223 million in 2080.

On September 30th Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) released a draft of the Senate’s Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009. The Senate is expected to vote on critical climate and energy legislation later this year. WHAT: Tele-press conference to hear concerns from coastal business leaders, decision makers, and experts about the impacts of climate change and the opportunities for jobs and new industries. This is a live tele-conference from D.C. WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd 12:00pm EST WHERE: 1-605-475-6333, Participant Access Code: 684607 WHO: Toni Reale, Coastal Climate Coordinator, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and featuring

• Renee Cahoon, Mayor, Town of Nags Head

• Aubrey Davis, Owner, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills and Scott McKellar, Owner, Alternative Builders, Elizabeth City, NC

• Dr. Chris Dumas, Professor of Economics, and Dr. Doug Gamble, Professor of Geography, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

# # #

• Erica Ramjohn, Regional Entrepreneurship Coordinator,
River City Community Development Corporation, Elizabeth City, NC Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, non partisan organization working to promote responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean, safe, healthy communities throughout the Southeast.